In the Stacks Episode 92: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

A video book review of The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Purchase the book on Bookshop here, and on Powells here.

"Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s saw the dawn of the civil rights era, but it was against the law to be an advocate. Something of an outsider herself, white girl Skeeter Phelan’s just returned from college. She’s landed a job writing a newspaper column about housecleaning, except neither she or anyone she knows has ever cleaned. So, she turns to the help.

"Instead she finds a more compelling true story: the perspective of black women who work as housekeepers and maids in white homes, raising children, doing all the work and shopping, yet not allowed to use the indoor bathroom." -- Michelle Z. from In the

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